A Seattle Streetcar passes a woman with a bicycle.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety

Seattle Department of Transportation’s goal is to ensure Seattle’s streets and right of way are safe for everyone – whether traveling via foot, streetcar, bus or car. With regard to streetcars, SDOT continues to work diligently to help integrate bicycle and pedestrian safety with the city’s urban rail transit network.

 

Bring Your Bike Aboard!

The Center City Connector will link the existing South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines along 1st Ave. SDOT is using best practices and working with a bike review group to design features that best accommodate people biking.

Bikes are allowed, space permitting, in the center section of the streetcars. Please use the bike racks, located in the center section of the First Hill streetcars and new South Lake Union streetcar, when available.  If the racks are occupied or if you are on a South Lake Union streetcar without racks, please hold your bike upright while riding.

What Should People Biking Know About Riding Near Streetcar Tracks?

  • Because the track groove is just slightly wider than the typical bike tire, your wheel can get stuck; cross as close to a 90 degree angle as possible.
  • Consider walking your bike across streetcar tracks when they are wet or icy.
  • Do not ride in lanes reserved exclusively for streetcars, indicated by signs and changes in pavement type

 

Consider a parallel bike route:

  • The 2nd Ave protected bike lane will run parallel to the 1st Ave section of the future Center City Connector
  • The 9th Ave protected bike lane will run parallel to the Westlake Ave N section of the South Lake Union Streetcar
  • The Broadway protected bike lane runs adjacent to the Broadway section of the First Hill Streetcar

2nd Ave protected bike lane

7th Ave protected bike lane

Seattle’s Bicycle Goals & Planning

A bikeable city is one where people ride bicycles because it is a convenient, fun, safe, and healthy choice. It is a city in which people of all ages and abilities bicycle for any trip purpose. The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) aspires to encourage and accommodate more people to ride a bicycle. The BMP provides a blueprint to make it easier to decide to ride a bicycle.

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan’s (BMP) vision is that riding a bicycle is a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities. The BMP identifies projects and programs to be implemented from 2014 to 2033 to achieve the vision and meet the plan’s goals for safety, ridership, equity, connectivity, and livability.

The Center City Bike Network is a project to build a network of protected bike lanes connecting downtown and the rest of Seattle as our city continues to grow. 2017 projects include:

  • 2nd Ave protected bike lane extension
  • 7th Ave protected bike lane extension

Check out the project web page to learn more about the Center City Bike Network.

Crosswalk outside King Street transit tunnel

Ensuring a Walkable, Pedestrian-Friendly Seattle

Walking is the oldest and most efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation—it’s how transit riders eventually reach their destinations, how drivers get from the parking lot to the front door, and how cyclists get from the bike rack to the business.

The Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan is a long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation. The plan establishes the policies, programs, design criteria, and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety, comfort, and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Through the Pedestrian Master Plan, Seattle will make its transportation system more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.